Olmsted County and the City of Rochester encourage all eligible voters to participate in the primary election and special election on Tuesday, August 9, 2022.
Polls will be open from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. on August 9. Individuals are eligible to vote if they are a U.S. citizen, at least 18 years old, and have resided in Minnesota for a minimum of 20 days before the election. Any voters who have moved or changed their name since they last voted must re-register.
Register to vote on Election Day
If you need to re-register or are not registered to vote, you can register at your designated polling location on Election Day. Information on what you need to bring can be found on the Minnesota Secretary of State website.
Find your Election Day polling location
If you are registered to vote, a postcard with your polling location information was sent to your registered address via the U.S. Postal Service. You do not need to bring this postcard to your polling location on Election Day. If you did not receive a postcard, or you are not registered to vote, you can find your polling location on the Minnesota Secretary of State's website. You can also use the Election District Finder tool to determine your election district, who represents you, and candidate information.
What’s on my ballot?
In addition to state and federal races (including the special election for Minnesota’s Congressional District 1 seat), several local races will be on your August 9 ballot.
Olmsted County (Primary election)
- Board of Commissioners, District 4
- Board of Commissioners, District 5
Information on everyone who filed for Olmsted County Commissioner District seats, Sheriff, County Attorney, and Soil and Water Supervisor is on the Minnesota Secretary of State website.
City of Rochester (Primary election)
- City Council, Ward 1
- City Council, Ward 3
- School Board, Position 2
- School Board, Position 5
- School Board, Position 6
Information on everyone who filed for Mayor, City Council, and School Board is on the City of Rochester website.
U.S. Representative District 1 (Special election and primary election)
The August 9 special election ballot will include candidates competing to fill Minnesota’s Congressional District 1 seat, which was left vacant following the death of Representative Jim Hagedorn. The winner will serve the remaining five months of Hagedorn’s second term. A primary election will also be on the August 9 ballot with Congressional District 1 candidates vying for a spot in the November 8 general election. The winner of the general election will begin a new term as Minnesota’s Congressional District 1 representative in 2023.
Information on everyone who filed for U.S. Representative District 1 is on the Minnesota Secretary of State website.
Since 2010, all absentee ballots are processed and counted centrally at the Olmsted County Election Office. Election results at the polling place will be the vote totals for in-person voters who went to the polls on Election Day.
The vote totals of the in-person polling place voters and the vote totals of the absentee voters will be merged into one unofficial vote total for the precinct before being posted to election websites. To access results, visit the Secretary of State’s website: www.mnvotes.org. As a reminder, election results are never final until canvassing is completed.
For the latest election updates and further details about voting in Olmsted County and the City of Rochester, Minnesota, including links to online tools, visit the following sites:
- Olmsted County: www.olmstedcounty.gov/vote
- City of Rochester: www.rochestermn.gov/vote
- Minnesota Secretary of State: www.mnvotes.org
Media contact: Rachel Wick, Communications Specialist, 507-328-6537